Delaware receives USDA hemp plan approval

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that the USDA approved the state plan submitted for the Delaware Domestic Hemp Production Program. Delaware is now the second state on the East Coast to receive approval to administer a domestic hemp program. “I want to commend the staff at the Department of Agriculture for […]

Delaware farmers’ markets produce record sales mark

DOVER — Delawareans have shown they have a taste for fresh produce and local treats when it comes to farmers’ markets. Gov. John Carney and the Delaware Department of Agriculture said that was proven again in 2019 when they announced that Delaware farmers’ markets hit an all-time sales record of $3.28 million last year. The […]

Letter to the Editor: Many school supplies derive from agriculture

Summer vacation is ending. It’s time for the kids to go back to school. As you fill your shopping cart or your child’s backpack with all the items needed for the school year, perhaps you can make it a learning experience. How many of the “must haves” were made possible because of agriculture? •Pencils, paper, […]

Mountaire Farms donation a boost to Delaware Agricultural Museum

DOVER — Mountaire Farms donated $10,000 to the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover recently to help overhaul the poultry exhibit and help honor the late James H. Baxter Jr., a well-known farmer in Sussex County. Mr. Baxter was a farmer in Stockley his entire life. During his career he grew chickens for Mountaire Farms and […]

Bees play important role in Delaware agriculture

HARRINGTON — As a hard rain pounded the Department of Agriculture building’s roof late Monday morning Kayla Fusselman anticipated State Fair goers seeking shelter inside. The 2018 American Honey Queen was ready to start a conversation about honey and bees with anyone with a few minutes to spare. She’s passionate about bees and is spending […]

Kent ag land preservation funding OK’d

DOVER — Kent County commissioners voted unanimously last week to authorize spending $100,000 this year to preserve farmland under the Delaware Agricultural Lands Foundation program. The funds will go toward preservation easements across 15 properties and ultimately preserve 1,273 acres in the county. According to the county’s planning department, the state program will offer matching […]

Delaware’s agricultural ranking among states remains high

  DOVER — The just-released Delaware Agricultural Statistics Bulletin that covers the 2016-2017 season compares the state’s commodity output against the rest of the states in the country. “For the first time outside of the Ag Census, we have a comparison of Delaware’s production and rank for various commodities that we produce,” said the state’s […]

Pumpkin crop suffering in Delaware

DOVER — According to several top pumpkin growers in the state, yields suffered from heavy, continuous rain this growing season. For some, this meant a total “wipeout” of their crop. Rick Dickerson, of Dickerson Farms in Laurel, said nothing was left of the 40 acres of pumpkins he planted this year. By operation size, he […]